August – Our God is and Awesome God

 

This past Sunday we sang the old Rich Mullins Song, Awesome God. In it, he sings,
 
“Our God is an awesome God
He reigns from heaven above
With wisdom power and love
our God is an awesome God.”
That song reminded me that our God indeed is all powerful and all knowing; an ever-present help in time of need. He is who we live for, and whose purposes we long to fulfill.
 
Sometimes, we face significant challenges as a small missions organization, but God sees our every challenge as an opportunity to manifest Himself and display His greatness. We thank you, God, for your
faithfulness! We also feel genuinely blessed to have caring and committed mission supporters with similar passion for God’s Great Commission. Since we don’t have personal contact with many of you, we wanted to dedicate space in this newsletter to you. Thank you for your love and commitment to God and to His call to reach this world with His message of salvation. Thank you for trusting us as your mission ambassadors to the third-world. We want you to know that we’re committed to faithfully complete the call of God.
 
We have certainly made mistakes along the way, but we’re learning and growing. After working in missions for many years we truly believe that indigenous missions is the way to go! This missions approach produces the most fruit with the least money. For the cost of one American missionary family, we can support many indigenous workers to reach the unreached in their native tongue. These natives understand the culture and false religions of their people and know how to explain more clearly why they need Jesus Christ.
We are not against strategic American missionaries on the field. We have seen missionaries like Jim Randall effectively encourage and train native missionaries, pastors, and leaders. Now more than ever we must focus on training and releasing these missionaries, pastors, and leaders to reach their own countries.
 

Please continue to pray and trust the Lord with us as we send support and training to indigenous ministers on the mission fields of Cambodia, China, Laos, India, Myanmar, Peru, Thailand, and Vietnam. Our God is an awesome God and He does awesome things through His people when they band together to fulfill His plan around the world.

In closing, let me say that God’s Great Commission truly is great and requires great commitment to fulfill. Sometimes it looks like a task — a commission too big to accomplish. Then we stop and think about God’s greatness and enormous passion to reach this world with His message of salvation — and He inspires us to believe, to go and to send! Thank you for doing your part. Gloria a Dios!

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July – If She Only Knew Before and Cambodia Video

I’ve looked at these pictures many times since our return from Cambodia. Whenever I look into the eyes of this dear woman I wonder why it took so long for her to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ. I think about how I could have responded earlier to God’s call to send the gospel to hurting people like her in the 10/40 Window. I’ve thought about how God could have transformed her and her family’s lives if she only heard about Jesus Christ earlier. I know we can’t turn back time — but knowing what I know now I certainly would have managed our mission work differently. If I knew then what I know now, I would have placed fewer efforts towards reached countries and more towards the unreached areas of the world we work in now. 
 

She welcomes prayer from Pastor C.S.

Very few unreached people remain in the countries we ministered in before. I praise God for that! I praise God for the missionaries and indigenous Christian ministers who have worked so powerfully. Because of those workers, these nations don’t need much help anymore. The native people can finish the task of evangelizing their nations with a handful of strategic missionaries by their side. 
 
Please take a minute and look at the charts we compiled with information from www.joshuaproject.net. Compare the progress of Guatemala and Honduras (where we used to work) to Cambodia and Thailand (two countries we work in now).
 
Amazing difference right?  This shows what nations we need to prioritize
 
God has given Message Ministries a mission to inspire American Christians to send the message of Jesus Christ to unreached people like the woman above— people who have never heard of Jesus Christ before. We want them to find the same hope that we’ve found in Jesus Christ. Will you help us?
 
By God’s grace and a great team of mission supporters we just sent off our first month of financial support for five indigenous Cambodian missionaries. These missionaries are planting churches in the unreached Cambodian villages we evangelized in June.
 
Thank you for your prayers and financial support which make it possible for us to reach the unreached!
JUNE 2018 – CAMBODIA VIDEO REPORT

VIETNAM YOUTH CAMP UPDATE – JUNE 2018
Thank you for supporting our 2018 Vietnam youth camp! We originally planned to host the camp in the Central Highlands, but hosted at last year’s location instead. About 60 young people gathered for three days of worship, fellowship, and teaching by Jim, JJ and I. We chose the theme “ASCEND,” and we taught on our need to ASCEND in our relationship with the Lord and God’s call. During this camp, we were blessed to help baptize ten young people in the East China Sea!
 
Please pray for these disciples and their leaders as they serve the Lord in Vietnam. We pray that God uses our time of teaching and fellowship to continually inspire them to greater things with the Lord!
ADOPT A CHURCH PLANTER IN CAMBODIA!
 
Multitudes of Cambodians plunge into eternity every year without ever hearing of Jesus Christ. Cambodia’s lost souls need Jesus more than ever! Will you join our rescue mission?
 
Message Ministries is partnering with Cambodia’s Christian leaders to reach its unreached millions. Through effective evangelism, long-term discipleship, church planting initiatives and Christian leadership training, we are reaching the unreached and training new disciples to do the same. 
 
You can help us cover Cambodia with God’s great news! You can fully support a Cambodian church planter for only $150 a month? Or, if you would like to support one partially you can make a donation of $30 or more. We have sponsors for the five we committed to and have sent off their first months support. With your help we can add another 2 or 3 church planters/indigenous missionaries.
 
In the coming months we will share about the church planters we are supporting so you can pray for them and their ministries.
 
 
Join the mission!
Click the button below to adopt an indigenous church planter for only $150 a month or to be a partial supporter with a gift of $30 or more.
 
 
THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST IN MESSAGE MINISTRIES AND MISSIONS!
WE WELCOME YOUR PRAYERS AND FINANCIAL SUPPORT!
 

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June – God’s Power in Asia – Preparing to GO – Videos and More

What is it like to live your whole life without once hearing the good news of God’s mercy in Jesus Christ? Millions of souls in Cambodia live in that exact spiritual darkness; but last year, God granted us to go and shine His light. One Cambodian man’s response to his first ray of gospel light granted me fresh vision of the wonder of Jesus’ work on the cross.
 
We held an eyeglass clinic in a village near Kandal for about 120 villagers. After receiving free new eyeglasses, the Cambodians crowded into small rooms to receive prayer and hear the gospel. One man walked in slowly and hunched, with bags in his eyes. I could tell He carried much weight in his heart. He seemed very weary but maintained respectful focus while we preached the gospel. The Lord moved powerfully. God granted me freedom to preach from the heart. I watched in amazement as God rapidly healed all the health-impaired Cambodians in the room as a testimony to the gospel. Already familiar with the gospel, I honestly felt more awed by the unfamiliar miracles than by the truths I proclaimed.

God opened his eyes and heart to see Jesus!

But the weary Cambodian man gloried in something much more valuable than the miracles he saw. Awed by the gospel message He had never heard before, he lifted his tired eyes to ask me a question. “So you’re saying that if I simply turn from sin to Jesus Christ, God will forgive me of all the things I’ve ever done wrong?” The man looked incredulous, as if God’s truth could not possibly be that good. For the sin-weary and guilt-laden Cambodian man, it seemed unbelievable that Christ called Him to come and find rest for his soul (Matthew 11:29). My heart beamed for joy at the question. I looked in the man’s eyes and reassured Him: “That’s exactly what I’m saying.” Jesus calls all the people in heavy-laden Cambodia to come to Him for rest.

Our prayer and evangelism room at the eyeglass clinic outreach in Kandal.

This June, my parents and I will join Southeast Asian missionaries to reach the unreached of Cambodia once again. For one week we will be joined by a mission team from Japan. We will shine the light of the gospel into unreached villages through eyeglass clinics, outreaches and gospel literature. We believe that many more weary Cambodians will glimpse Jesus’ light for the first time — but we can’t do it without you. Would you pray? Would you consider supporting our mission financially? God will not forget your intercession and generosity. 
 
   
 
 
 
 
WATCH VIDEO FOR A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO REACH THE UNREACHED!
 
We’re just six days away from our departure date for SE Asia. We’ll fly out next Wednesday morning and will arrive in Bangkok, Thailand twenty-eight hours laterOn Friday morning we’ll meet up with Jim Randall at the airport and fly to Pnomh Penh, Cambodia to begin our 17 days of ministry.
 
The first ten days of ministry will be Anne, JJ, Jim and I working together with indigenous Cambodian pastors and missionaries, taking the gospel to unreached villages. On June 17th we will be joined by an American team from Japan. This group of five will come as a relief after our initial ten days of ministry. They have prepared music, drama, bible verses and testimonies to share! The plan is to visit one village a day during the weekdays. We will pray with people, do eyeglass clinic outreaches, share music, drama, testimonies and always present a clear message of the gospel of Jesus Christ. 
 
JJ worked hard designing Evangelism charts and a multi-page, full-color gospel tract to hand out to people. On the back of the tract is our website www.hope-cambodia.comFor those that have phones (many do even in impoverished and remote areas nowadays) they can go to the site to hear the gospel message again and to find out how to follow the Lord.
 
Please pray for God to move in powerful ways. We are expecting God to heal people both physically and spiritually. With you praying as we GO, we have even greater confidence in what God will do. Prayer and faith are the mighty spiritual tandem that moves mountains of fear, doubt, unbelief, darkness and sickness. Gloria a Dios!!
 
We’ll carry most of our personal items in our carry on suitcases, and ministry items in our check-in suitcases. Which will include:
 
  • 800 pair of eyeglasses
 
  • 3 Sets of 11″ by 17″ Eyeglass Clinic Evangelism charts.
 
  • 1500 Khmer booklet Gospel tracts we had printed.
 
  • A battery operated Portable Sound Mixer and Microphones.
 
  • Some children’s ministry items and more!
 
With your support, many of the expenses of the trip have been met; we are only a few thousand short. So it is not too late to help! Thank you so much for those who have been praying and to those who have donated. Having most of the funds needed as we get ready to depart is a tremendous blessing.
 
We will be posting updates of our time in Cambodia on our Facebook prayer page. If you would like to keep up with us and pray for us during the mission, just hit the link below and request to be added to the group.
 
Thank you, Brian
 
 
 
If you would like to pray very specifically for us during our time in Cambodia, we will gladly send you a PDF copy of our day to day schedule including the names of villages, the names of the pastors we are working with. If you would like that please E-Mail us using the link below or write us at messageministries@aol.com.
 
 
What is it like to live your whole life without once hearing the good news of God’s mercy in Jesus Christ? Millions of souls in Cambodia live in that exact spiritual darkness; but last year, God granted us to go and shine His light. One Cambodian man’s response to his first ray of gospel light granted me fresh vision of the wonder of Jesus’ work on the cross.
 
We held an eyeglass clinic in a village near Kandal for about 120 villagers. After receiving free new eyeglasses, the Cambodians crowded into small rooms to receive prayer and hear the gospel. One man walked in slowly and hunched, with bags in his eyes. I could tell He carried much weight in his heart. He seemed very weary but maintained respectful focus while we preached the gospel. The Lord moved powerfully. God granted me freedom to preach from the heart. I watched in amazement as God rapidly healed all the health-impaired Cambodians in the room as a testimony to the gospel. Already familiar with the gospel, I honestly felt more awed by the unfamiliar miracles than by the truths I proclaimed.
 
GET BRIAN’S NEW EP – BACK TO THE CROSS
 
I have just completed a new 4 song EP and will be sending the “Back to the Cross” EP to any of our regular supporters who would like a copy as a thank you gift. We will also send it to anyone who donates towards the SE Asia mission as a thank you gift. If you would like one please answer yes below. The album will be available for download in a week or so and in CD version in a few weeks.
Songs include:
  • Back to the Cross
  • Ready or Not
  • My Treasure
  • Worry
The “Back to the Cross” EP will be sent out as a thank you gift for any size donation.
 
 
If you are a donor and would like a free copy just e-mail us at messageministries@aol.com


March – Reports from the Mission Field

As we celebrate Jesus this Resurrection weekend we are ever so grateful for the love, grace, mercy and goodness of God. He loves us so much that He sent Jesus to make a way of salvation through His horrendously painful sacrifice on the cross.
Without Jesus we would be utterly lost, living in darkness, without hope in this life and for eternity.
 
Now, because of His great love, we are committed to sharing His gospel throughout the world. God’s desire is our desire and we are determined to GO and SEND, so that others can hear this message of salvation found in Jesus Christ. Thank you for partnering with us to fulfill His call.
REPORTS FROM THE MISSION FIELD:
In the last few weeks we’ve received the following reports from the indigenous missionaries we support.   Below are just a few of those reports.
VIETNAM: 
Last month we sent a picture of Evangelist T____ and his dear wife.  We are thrilled to report that with the new motorcycle we provided with your help, they visited an area where Cambodians live in Vietnam and work in the factories there. While there they led three families to the Lord and they are planting a new church there!  Praise God!

Evangelist T______ Sharing the testimony about the new believers and the new church at one of the other churches in Vietnam.

SPECIAL PRAYER REQUEST:
Please pray for Jim Randall as he lives and ministers in the 10/40 window.  He needs your prayers as he ventures into these different countries to train and counsel leaders on how to be more effective in the Kingdom of God.  He is doing some of that training right now in Vi_____. Thank you!
 
THAILAND: 
A couple of weeks ago Pastor and Mrs. Isara led two more people to the Lord in the church they pastor. They are working hard to reach their community with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
 
This is something to celebrate. Thailand is a country where only .5% are Christians. Praise God!
MYANMAR/BURMA:
Pastor J______ led a married couple to the Lord recently and baptized them as the Lord commanded us.
 
They are working hard to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.
 
Here again, this is something to celebrate in a country with so few Christians, right in the heart of the 10/40 window. 
 
Praise God!
MYANMAR/BURMA:
Pastor P_____ was teaching and training leaders how to preach the gospel clearly and to biblically pray for the sick.  He then took them to a local hospital to pray for the sick. One family received instant healing. When they got out of the hospital, they visited the church and gave their hearts to the Lord Jesus. Praise God!
PERU:
 
JJ has been ministering in Peru since January. He has been ministering in different churches and doing Evangelism Conferences with groups of church leaders.
 
He has written a comprehensive syllabus to give out to conference attendees as well.
 
There are many reports of people getting saved, healed and delivered. 

JJ and Cynthia with some of the Evangelism Conference attendees in Mala. Some of these conferences were organized by Marcos & Eloisa Venegas.

PERU:
I (Brian) was recently in Peru for a couple of weeks. While there I spent a lot of time with the leaders we work with and we also hosted a three day Renew, Refresh and Revive Retreat with these leaders. It was a fantastic time, and God did some beautiful things in the hearts of these precious dedicated leaders. I taught a series on the Kingdom of God, including some things that were new and fresh to them. We prepared a syllabus for them to use to take these messages to their churches.

Part of the group stopped at a chicken restaurant after the retreat!

 We sometimes need to be reminded that we are not just a bunch of churches, we are a Kingdom, and it is time to unite under King Jesus and carefully follow the instructions in the Word of God to fulfill His purposes and plans instead of our own.
 
MISSION QUOTE OF THE MONTH
 


2018 A Year of Opportunities

 
 
We’re both inspired and blessed to look back and see what God allowed us to do together in 2017. Together we took dives of faith to reach people with the gospel, and I sincerely believe God was honored.
 
God changed many lives as the gospel went forth through direct MM mission outreaches and our indigenous partners worldwide.
 
Here is a list of some of the things we did together!
 
  • Thousands heard about Jesus Christ for the first time and many received Christ.  
  • Tens of thousands of meals were provided through the children’s feeding ministries in Peru and SE Asia.
  • Children were taught the Word of God at children’s ministries in Peru, SE Asia and India
 
  • Prefab homes were built for needy families in Peru.
  • Thousands received help through the Peru Flood Relief Project.
  • MM Mission Teams ministered in Peru, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Burma and Laos.
  • People were blessed with the gift of sight and salvation through MM eyeglass clinic outreaches in Peru and SE Asia.
  • Youth in Peru, Vietnam and Cambodia attended MM discipleship and mission training retreats and camps.
  • Indigenous Pastors and Missionaries received financial support to preach the gospel to unreached villages.
  • Indigenous Vietnamese missionaries received motorcycles to travel to unreached villages with the gospel.
  • Many received healing as we prayed for the sick in the name of Jesus.
  • Orphans received food, shelter, education and discipleship at a children’s home /orphanage in Laos.
  • Most recently, your generosity provided gifts and the gospel for thousands of children and adults worldwide through the Christmas Blessing Project.
 
 
We are calling 2018  “A Year of Opportunities.” As we look out on the harvest fields of the world, we feel an eagerness to respond to God and fulfill His call. Throughout the year we will present special opportunities for the family of God to join us in fulfilling Jesus’ Great Commission. Like you, we want to stand before the Lord and hear, “well done, my good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:23).
 
Please keep us in prayer as we go forward into this Year of Opportunities. Together, let’s take dives of faith and trust the Lord to do “more than we could ask or think” (Ephesians 3:20). God’s greatness inspires us to do greater things to bring glory to His name and to rescue the lost and hopeless. We pray that God fills your year with opportunities to demonstrate God’s glory to this broken world.
 
CHRISTMAS BLESSINGS IN PANKOI VILLAGE, THAILAND: 
 
On December 25th, we partnered with Free to Serve Ministries to provide a Christmas Blessing Project outreach to 70 unreached villagers in Pankoi Village, Thailand. Our partner Pastor K. has labored as an evangelist and church planter in the Pankoi Village for some time now, and this outreach granted many new converts for him to disciple.
 
On Christmas, Free to Serve ministries gathered the Pankoi Village together for a special Christmas meal, played Christian music and preached the gospel. After the gospel message, 7 villagers received Christ immediately. Others received Christ later that day in private, and 3 more families came to Christ within weeks after the outreach through their new relationship with Pastor K. FTS leader David believes these new converts will soon lead their families to Christ. How it brightens our hearts to hear of salvation among the unreached!
 
During this outreach, God’s hand was also present to heal and deliver from demons. One Pankoi woman had not been able to walk for years, and thus could not work or play a significant role in the village. Our partners prayed for her in the name of Jesus, and to her amazement, God granted her to walk again! Other villagers visited our partners in private to seek deliverance from years of demonic oppression. Jesus set them free from the tormenting spirits and the villagers responded by surrendering their lives to Christ. Jesus is alive, and He loves the unreached people of Southeast Asia!
 
Thank you so much for supporting the Christmas Blessing Project in Southeast Asia. Your financial and prayer support has contributed to God’s great work in the Pankoi Village.
 
Thank you for helping to make this CBP Outreach a reality through your prayers and financial support.
 
Would you please pray for JJ Weller as he spends the next few months in the nation of Peru. He is staying at our mission base in Marquez and is working and ministering alongside the group of pastors and churches that we work with in Peru.
 
Please pray for God’s direction, anointing, wisdom and health to be on JJ. Please pray for Cynthia Noa our Message Ministries ministry assistant in Peru who is helping JJ organize the different ministry opportunities and helping with translation as well. Thank you! 
 
Please pray that the local churches will be strengthened, challenged and built up though JJ’s messages of encouragement and exhortation.
 
JJ went at his own expense and has not asked for any help with expenses. If you would like to be one of his SENDERS we are putting a donation link below. Thank you!
 
 
 
If you would like to be an active part of the 2018 Year of Opportunities by making a one time donation or a monthly commitment, we have included a donate button.  We have also included a link to the Donation Page on our website where you can sign up for monthly, semi monthly, bi weekly, weekly or quarterly donations. 
 
Thank you in advance for your partnership
in fulfilling God’s Great Commission!
 
 
 


December – Christmas Blessings in Peru

 
Feliz Navidad! By God’s grace, your donations, and the labor of our ministry partners, Message Ministries spread the true message of Christmas all throughout Peru through the Christmas Blessing Project. With your help, our ministry partners gave away almost 2,000 gifts and the gospel to Peruvian slum children in Piedras Gordas, Valle Verde, Costa Azul, Bolognesi, Arequipa, Pachacutec, Lomas de Carabayllo, 6th de Abril, Pisco, Marquez, Paita, Huancavelica, and two regions in Huancayo. 
Our partners also conducted Christmas Blessing Project outreaches for prisoners and their children in Huaral, Peru. We’ve attached some of our favorite pictures to give you a glimpse of this year’s outreaches. Our SE Asia outreaches are still underway — we will keep you updated! We have included a lot of pictures on this page and will be posting more as they come in.
Altogether, we’ve sent $15,300 to Christmas outreaches worldwide. About $10,500 of that money came from your designated donations and the other from the General Mission Fund. We still need $4,800 to completely fund our Christmas outreaches worldwide. It’s not too late to support the Christmas Blessing Project! To donate now, go to Christmasblessingproject.com or hit the link provided beneath the pictures!
PIEDRAS GORDAS – LIMA, PERU
LOMAS DE CARABAYLLO – LIMA
6TH DE ABRIL – LIMA, PERU
MARQUEZ – LIMA, PERU
PACHACUTEC – LIMA
PAITA, PERU
VALLE VERDE – LIMA, PERU
COSTA AZUL – LIMA, PERU
PISCO, PERU
 
HUANCAYO, PERU
 
 

 
SPECIAL THANKS!
 
Message Ministries is honored and blessed to work with such humble and dedicated Peruvian pastors and leaders like Pastor Fabian and Cecilia Santillian, Pastor Jose and Amanda Amaya, Pastor Gilberto and Doris Varillas, Pastor Everth and Maribelle Ipanaque,  Pastor Carlos and Veronica, Pastor Panfilo, Pastor Julio Alaya, Pastor Carlos and Flor, Adela, Celestina and so many others!
 
Thank you to our CEF workers including Cynthia, Leo, Anita and Loamy and last but not least Cort Bennett and Ted Williams who went to Peru to help minister with these amazing Peruvian leaders! 
2017 PERU – CHRISTMAS BLESSING PROJECT PICTURES


November – A Real Christmas Miracle in Unreached Burma

Christmas approaches, and many will soon tell mythical stories of “Christmas miracles.” But during the 2016 Christmas Blessing Project, a Burmese village leader experienced a real Christmas miracle that led many of his villagers towards new life in Jesus Christ.
A terrible omen seemed to rest on the Burmese village leader’s home. Years ago his beloved boy contracted a debilitating illness that only grew worse with time. Now, at age eleven, he could barely eat or sleep due to his severe fever. No doctor could diagnose the son’s illness, and no medicine or mysticism could improve his health. After years of hoping and trying, the village leader had lost almost all hope for his son.
 

Pastor J. praying for the sick at Christmas Outreach in Burma

The MM Christmas Blessing Project gave the Burmese village leader a new gleam of hope. Our Burmese partner Pastor J. provided warm blankets and jackets for the unreached village and conducted a special Christmas evangelistic meeting. During the meeting, the leader watched in awe as many of his villagers received instantaneous healing in Jesus’ name. About 20 received Christ immediately after hearing the gospel for the first time, but the leader stood still…for now.

 
At night, the village leader visited Pastor J. in secret and asked him to pray for Jesus to heal his dear son. In response to J’s prayer, God accomplished what years of both mysticism and medicine could not. God healed his son! Now, after what seemed like ages of severe trial, the boy could easily eat and sleep again — and the father could rest his heart from fears of burying his child.
 
In response to this miracle, the village leader and his whole family received Christ. When he shared his testimony with the village, many followed him to the Savior. Today, about 70 of the village’s 200 inhabitants meet together every Sunday in a bamboo church to receive Bible teaching, give testimony, and worship the Lord who saved and healed them. Many have abandoned drug abuse and Opium harvesting to follow Christ. And it all began on Christmas!
 
This December, The Christmas Blessing Project will offer the miracle of salvation to people in Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, and Peru. Unreached Asian villagers and impoverished Peruvian children alike will receive Christmas gifts, fresh meals, and the miraculous gospel of Jesus Christ. We expect God to move powerfully through these outreaches — but we can’t do it without you. Would you like to play a part?
 
WATCH THIS VIDEO TO LEARN MORE ABOUT
THE CHRISTMAS BLESSING PROJECT
 
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September – Thank you for doing your part!

I want to start this newsletter by thanking you for your prayer and financial support of Message Ministries and Missions. Without you, we would not be able to help the different indigenous ministries we are privileged to serve around the world. Here are just a few things we were able to do together this past month.
 
In September, we sponsored a prison ministry event in Huaraz, Peru organized by Pastor Fabian Santillan, an MM Peru board member who oversees our Bible School Training.
 
Pastor Fabian partnered with Dr. Deaton and the Pacto de Vida (Covenant Life) Bible School to host a discipleship retreat for 200 inmates. Pastor Fabian told us 70% of the men had become Christians recently. The prisoners showed genuine hunger for the Lord and growth in the knowledge of God’s Word.
 
 
In September we also sponsored 2 outreaches in the Ma Lang slums of Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam. Our Vietnamese partner, Nam, whom we met on recent trips to Vietnam, reaches these impoverished areas with members of his church. Your donations provided Bibles and bags of food for N___ and his church to give to inhabitants of two locations in the Ma Lang slum. They gave these items and the gospel at a special service for both believers and unbelievers. God touched hearts through the message of salvation and the time of worship.
 
 
 
Thank you for helping us support Pastor J_____, a very fruitful indigenous pastor and missionary in Myanmar (Burma).
 
Here is a picture of Pastor J______ preaching at one of the churches he planted and a picture of him baptizing a child from their children’s home.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Text Donations: 
Text what to designate to & preferred amount to 
1-727-877-3224 (1-727-87-REACH). 
 
Check Donations: 
Message Ministries and Missions
PO Box 7158, St. Petersburg, FL  33734-7158
 
Website Donations:
 
 

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August – Contemplating the What If’s!

This newsletter is ordinarily where we share about things we’ve been doing in world missions. However, in this letter, I want to share some things that have challenged me recently. I hope you don’t mind!
 
The last few days, I’ve been contemplating whether or not I’ve consistently counted the cost of what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. I’ve asked myself some difficult and challenging questions. Have I truly considered giving all for the sake of God’s call or am I compromising God’s will and call on my life for my own comfort and desires? Have I gotten so comfortable in this life that I am living more for me and “my” world, than for God and His eternal Kingdom?
 
If Jesus Christ truly is my Lord, Master, Savior, and King, then my life should be a verification of that. My life’s motto should be the same as the Apostle Paul who said in 1 Corinthians 6:20 “You are not your own; you were bought with a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”.
 
When it is time to go home to be with the Lord, I don’t want to go with a bunch of “What if’s” in my heart, such as:
 
  • What if I had truly done unto others, as I would have them, do to me?
  • What if I had forgiven everyone that had offended me and let go of the residue of those offenses in my life?
  • What if I had truly counted the cost and surrendered everything to the Lord including my time, my resources and my talents?
  • What if I had risked everything no matter what the cost to help get the gospel of Jesus Christ to every person who has not heard?
  • What if I had faithfully lived a life of faith and went beyond taking steps of faith to taking leaps and dives of faith?
  • What if I had lived every moment in light of God’s mercy seat and God’s judgment seat?
  • What if I had done what I did for the glory of God alone and didn’t look for affirmation from others for serving God?
  • What if I had actually believed the promises of Jesus and acted on them?
  • What if I had truly lived the commandments of Jesus?
 
These are just a few questions I am asking myself as I seek to challenge “me” to “Press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” as admonished by the Apostle Paul in Philippians 3:14. Wouldn’t you agree that our God is worthy of all our love and service?
 
It is a good thing to evaluate where we are spiritually in our lives! We don’t do it to condemn ourselves for what we haven’t done or to lose heart over what we could have done better. We do it to exhort ourselves to go deeper in our relationship and service to the Lord Jesus Christ. After all, He gave His life so we could be saved from our sin and spend a glorious eternity with Him in heaven. Our worship and service are our response to the great and amazing love our Heavenly Father and Lord Jesus Christ have already given us.
 
Why not, take a few minutes and ask yourself the “What if’s”? If some changes need to be made, make them now! Don’t procrastinate – or days, weeks, months and years could slip by before those changes are made. Or worse, they never get made at all! We don’t want to waste any time in this life for things that don’t matter. Right?
 
Let’s pray for one another as we seek God’s will for our lives and then go forward to fulfill it by His grace and power.
 
God bless you,  Brian Weller
  • PERU – We continue to support the 11 Loaves and Fishes Feeding Center ministries in Peru. These operate out of the churches that we work with, and the children are not only fed a nutritious meal, but we teach them God’s Word.
  • VIE____M – We were able to provide a motorcycle for an indigenous missionary that will be used for ministry transportation and to earn money for his family using it as an UBER type of vehicle in Ho Chi Minh City, Vi____m. In that city, formerly known as Saigon there are about 4 million motorcycles and the people there are used to riding on motorcycles.  We have promised to provide two more in the next month.  Those who receive the motorcycles will pay back the price of the motorbike, and that money will be used to purchase another motorcycle for an indigenous ministry.  They cost $1,000 each.  
  • CAMBODIA – James Sann is continuing the ministry to children at the Ang Dong Slum Community in Pnomh Penh.  The children are growing spiritually as they hear the Word of God and receive a very nutritious meal. 
  • CAMBODIA BIBLES – Through indigenous missionary James S. we been helping two other ministries with getting Bibles into Vi______m.  Thousands of Hmong Bibles went across the border, however, on the last shipment the police confiscated a few thousand.  Please pray for the bibles to be released. Also, please pray for James S. as the police stopped him and threatened him with arrest if he returns.
  • INDIA – We sent financial support through your donations to The Kaushal’s and for the Living Hope School in the slum area near Gurgaon.  The children here live in the nearby slums and receive two meals a day and an education.  They also are taught the Word of God.
  • We continue to stand with Jim Randall as he ministers and trains leaders in Southeast Asia and other countries as well.  Click here to read Jim’s latest prayer later and update.
 

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Please continue to Pray for Jim Randall as he ministers throughout the 10/40 window.  Prayer support for Jim is so very important as he ministers to many indigenous missionaries, pastors and leaders in that part of the world. 
 
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July 2017 – SE Asia and Peru Updates

In the Bible, risk always seems to precede revival. On this trip to SE ASIA, God called me to take a risk. Mark 16:18 promises that all who believe “will lay hands on the sick and they will recover” – and the Lord put it in my heart to have the youth test God’s promise. 
 
After I taught about healing, I called any with physical pain to the front and asked everyone remaining to lay hands on them and pray for their healing. Immediately God began to release His power through those young vessels and heal many through their hands! In Cambodia, the Lord caused this to catch fire. The youth continued to pray for each other throughout the weekend, and God continued to heal through them! Some had formerly found little success in praying for the sick, but God released them into a new dimension of power. And what if I had disobeyed the Lord and avoided the risk?
 

I’ve missed many risks I should have taken in life; but when I have set fears aside and acted on God’s promises, God has often impressed me with His power and willingness to move.

Friends, Christianity is a risky religion. God gave birth to the Jewish people by calling Abraham to RISK everything and go to a nameless nation. God gave birth to the Old Covenant by calling Moses to RISK everything and bring the Jews to Abraham’s promised nation. The Father gave birth to the New Covenant by calling Jesus to LEAVE everything and come to Abraham’s nation to die for our sins. God also gave birth to the New Testament church by calling the apostles to RISK everything: to LEAVE Abraham’s nation, go to OTHER nations and preach the eternal gospel. This brings me to the question: what does God want to birth through our lives – and can we really expect it to happen without great risks? What risks is God calling you and I to take for the salvation of the world?
 
 I believe God wants us all to walk in more of His power for His own sake – but this will never happen as long as we remain in our comfort zone. Let’s get honest and humble with the Lord, confess our fearfulness and ask Him to help us to take risks for His name.
 
CAMBODIA – EYEGLASS CLINIC OUTREACHES! 

While in Cambodia, we conducted eyeglass clinic outreaches in two regions: a village outside of Phnom Penh and the Ang Dong Slum Community. Between these two outreaches, we provided eyeglasses for about 365 people. Every person at the first clinic heard the gospel of Jesus Christ and received prayer – many for the first time. Some gave their hearts to the Lord and many received healing. 

We only brought 500 pairs of eyeglasses because we wanted to see if eyeglass clinic outreaches bear fruit in SE Asia. They do!

 Next time we will bring at least 1,000 pairs of eyeglasses to draw people to hear the gospel. I just received a message from James Sann saying they just did an eyeglass clinic with the eyeglasses we left behind for them to use. Gloria a Dios!
 
KANDAL EYEGLASS CLINIC OUTREACH
ANG DONG EYEGLASS CLINIC OUTREACH
 CAMBODIA
Children’s Ministry & Feeding Center
 VIETNAM
REACH Missions Training Camp
n June, we opened our first evangelistic feeding center in SE Asia! By God’s grace and your support, we purchased everything needed to start feeding and reaching children in Cambodia’s Ang Dong Slum Community.  As far as we know, this is the first Christian feeding center in Ang Dong, and we believe that the Lord will use it to reach both children and adults with the gospel.
 

Food and materials needed for the feeding ministry will cost $200 a month, and the building rent will cost about $100 a month. This building also houses a water purification system that provides fresh water for about 700 families in the community. 

Thank you for your love and support.  We couldn’t have done it without you!
 
In July, we conducted a Missionary Training Camp to inspire Vietnamese youth to evangelize their own nation. 
 

26 million people in Vietnam have never heard the gospel – and Vietnam’s communist government makes it difficult for Western missionaries to do the work. The Vietnamese must reach their own neighbors! 

The camp greatly blessed the 50 youth, young adults and leaders who attended.

 
They left inspired and trained to fulfill the call of God and reach their country with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
 
 

Cambodian children gather for a video about Jesus at the feeding center launch. Many children came from a nearby public school for food and ministry.

 

For security reasons we cannot include pictures of those who attended REACH.

We sent out two small mission teams to Peru in June and July.
 

The Cross Street Mission Team, led by Cort Bennett, ministered in Peru from June 15 to 26. They conducted two small, relational discipleship youth retreats at our Marquez mission base. The Lord deeply blessed all that participated; both our team and the Peruvian pastors reported that the retreats were great spiritual successes. The Cross Street Team also hosted an eyeglass clinic outreach and built a pre-fabricated home for a needy family. 

The Oasis Church Mission Team, led by my son-in-law Mike Goreski, ministered from July 1 to 9.

 They hit the ground running with a busy schedule of children’s ministry, eyeglass clinics and church ministry. They also built two prefabricated homes in Pachacutec – what I call “The Sandy Slum.” This team was a great blessing as well; the churches and leaders they worked with felt very thankful and welcome them back anytime.  
 
Thank you for praying for these teams.
 Also, we thank the Peruvian Corazones en Fuego team that joined arms with the USA teams to help reach the people of Peru. Gloria a Dios!

RUN THE RACE Youth Retreat #1 – Lima, Peru

RUN THE RACE Youth Retreat #2 – Lima, Peru

2017 CROSS STREET Team Prefab Home – Peru

2017 OASIS Team Prefab Home – Peru

Please continue to Pray for Jim Randall as he ministers throughout the 10/40 window.  Prayer support for Jim is so very important as he ministers to many indigenous missionaries, pastors and leaders in that part of the world. 
 
God is using Jim to make these leaders much more effective in their ministries to those who have not hear and to new converts to Jesus Christ.
Thank you, Message Ministries
 
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